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Luna Coffee Stout - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Luna Coffee StoutLuna Coffee Stout

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116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 388
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 09-16-2006

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Reviews: 116 | Hads: 388
Photo of KTCamm
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark black, some foam. Mostly settles but light layer remains. Rich malty nose, nutty, with just a hint of coffee. Dark chocolate too. The taste is much more coffee than not. Full & throughout. Roasted bitter close. Smooth mouthfeel. Need a little more balance.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee and bitter chocolate escape as soon as the bottle is opened. Coffee is, indeed, the dominant flavor here. Plenty of bitter chocolate to go with it, as well. The hops kick in at the back end for a little more bitterness.

Not much else to say. Loads of coffee with enough other flavors going on to make it interesting. I'd do this again.

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Photo of minterro
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at a local market place in Beloit WI. Recommended from my cousin Meghan. As a packers fan with a cat named Luna couldn't really resist buying this one.

4 pints for around 12 dollars.

A&S: very sweet coco and mocha aromas from this one. Jet black colored beer, like pretty watery from the pour. Nice tan head that sticks around for a while.

T&M: Very different from the smell, not a whole lot upfront or mid except for hints of caramel. Pretty bitter (like a burnt coffee) even for the style. Very drinkable, not very thick, semi smooth pretty average for the style.

Overall: Elements of this beer are excellent, but the taste is really not great and it really takes away from the good elements.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, and some bittersweet chocolate. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's all coffee, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, and a nice coffee stout. I've been waiting to try this one for a while now, and I wasn't disappointed. I'm a fan of Hinterland's 16 ounce bottles, too. $9.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gave this a really vigorous pour which resulted in a very thin light tan head. This is one of the blackest, most opaque beers under 6% ABV that I've ever seen.

Aroma: Lots of chocolate and coffee and all around maltiness. Pleasant and not overbearing.

Taste: Sort of a light Sweet/Milk Stout flavor at first but then the coffee dominates your palate. Really rich taste of bitter black coffee in the finish. At 5.6% ABV, it is a little light on flavor in the middle but the aftertaste is bigger than most Imperial Stouts. That coffee bitterness only gets more intense over time. An interesting experience but not quite unique.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. I'd say average drinkability because the bitter coffee can become cloying. Surprisingly there was an average amount of carbonation even with the vigorous pour that produced no head.

Final Thoughts: Be ready for a lot of coffee flavor and just enough malt to back it up. It's a little one-dimentional, but that seems to be true of most American Stouts. Would I drink it again? Probably not, there are too many other stouts I have yet to try before cycling back to this one.

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Photo of DrinkingDuck
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A black color with about a 1 inch foam head which settles to a nice lacing and a slight layer of foam on top of the beverage. Lacing pretty consistent as you drink.

Smell- A light coffee scent, not very prevalent, with a very slight hint of chocolate and malt.

Taste- A nice bold taste of freshly roasted coffee and malt with subtle hints of chocolatiness, more than expected, given the light scent, but living up to it's name as a Coffee Stout

Mouthfeel- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly smooth on the palate.

Overall- An enjoyable beverage which effectively combines both coffee and malt. Easily drinkable, could probably have more than one. A good beverage for those who appreciate both beer and coffee.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness dating

A= Pours a deep black color with a nice thick two finger head that holds great retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is light. I really don't get too much of anything. A little bit of coffee in the aroma but not too much.

T= The taste is a more potent coffee flavor than the nose lead onto. A little roasted malt and a coffee flavor. The overall flavors aren't too potent however. A somewhat easy drinker.

M= Pretty basic and regular.

O= Not overly impressed with this beer by any means. A solid coffee flavor and a pretty easy drinker. Basic beer and it tastes nice.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When held up to the light, the beer is very dark reddish amber (close to near black) in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that has good retention properties and left a very thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate in the nose; the smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate but coffee beans are also present. The coffee flavor becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat airy on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The lighter-bodied nature of this beer makes it easy to drink, although it feels like a heavier body would make the flavors stand out a little more.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, pours black with a huge creamy beige head, excellent retention and lacing. Aromas are roasted barley, coffee, chocolate. Tastes are coffee, roasted barley, chocolate, oats, and somewhat nutty. Mouth-feel is creamy, medium bodied, slightly chalky, finishes roasty. Overall, good example of a coffee stout, and better than expected.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 8/9/12 tasting notes. Enjoyed this on tap at the Micro, during my annual trip to the Wisconsin State Fair. Served to me in a 16oz clear plastic cup.

A) Charcoal black with 2 fingers of tan head. Nice retention. No lacing noted.

S) Heavy roast, lots of coffee. Pretty straight forward, and really as advertised.

T) Dark roasted malt, not much sweetness, slightly charred. As indicated above, plenty of coffee, like fresh ground beans. A little bitterness. I couldn't decide if it was the coffee or hops. Coffee aftertaste is nice.

M) Medium body and moderately carbonated. Pretty creamy and smooth. Nice mouthfeel...

O) If your a lover of beer and coffee, this is a pretty good marriage of the two. It's definitely not in the same class as FBS, but it has good drinkability. Glad to recommend.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro tap at The Old Fashioned (Madison). The microscopic-bubble head shows up creamy delightful in the faint light of this restaurant.

The aroma brings a charred bitterness, plus a malty wood and lazy sweet.

The cream-and-coffee bitterness barely survives the forced-nitro pour. I can't tell if the absolute lack of carbonation gives a creamy feel or a total desolation.

This nitro tap version is better than the bottle, but not by much.

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Photo of zac16125
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint glass into a mug

Received this as an extra, thanks!

A: Pours a completely opaque jet black with a huge 2.5 fingers width of dense light mocha colored head, which hangs around forever until it dissipates down to a drinkable level.  Leaves a good amount of lacing down the side of the glass.  Really pretty beer.  

S: A little bit of coffee, an acidic/medicinal character, a touch of sweet malts. Not very impressive here.

T: Lots of roasted malt, milk chocolate, mild coffee notes, some bitterness on the finish.  Simple, but very tasty.

M/D: Smooth, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, good drinkability.  

O: Overall, a solid brew here. Real disappointing nose, but the taste and mouthfeel make up for it. Paired perfectly with a large Sunday brunch of bacon eggs and cinnamon pancakes.   I would drink again.  

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.72/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours jet black with a tannish head. In the aroma, a small coffee presence to nothing. In the taste, a bit watery, and a mellow dry coffee flavor. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee in the aftertaste. Quite light across the board, and a bit astringent.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle, courtesy of eorwar (thanks Erik!), into a CCB tulip. No dating on the bottle.

A - Pours a nearly coffee-black, with soft highlights against the light. Huge, pillowy three fingers of head, with great lacing and good retention.

S - Cocoa and milk chocolate, and plenty of medium-roast coffee, without the staleness that coffee stouts can have so often.

T - More bitter than I would've guessed. Chocolate takes a back seat to the coffee, which now comes across a little stale, and then some hoppy bitterness takes over.

M - It seems fairly creamy at first, but finishes watery. I'd like it to be more full to help support the coffee flavors. Long-ish dry finish.

O - Usually by this time of year I've finished off all of my coffee stouts, so it's nice once in a while to pull one out and remind myself what I like about them. This was good but not great; middle of the pack.

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Photo of biglite351
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Considerable light through center of glass with a creamy tan head

S - Coffee, malts and chocolate. Rather mild overall but rather nice just
the same.

T - mid-bitter coffee and roasted malts. Mild like the scent but a step lower

M - A bit thin but a lot of tingle on sides of tongue and throat

O - Close, but falls a little short of being great. Just need to turn the volume up a little bit.

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Photo of Jnaustin114
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark pour with a tan head.

Roasted coffee with chocolate notes and dark roasted malts.

Dark roasted coffee, Dark malts, slightly bitter.

Overall I think that it is a very good stout. I would have it again and recommend it to friends

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Photo of birchstick
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poure out of the tap with the beautiful nitro cascade that resulted in a super creamy two finger head. Nose was freshly pressed coffee with hints of dry cocoa and dark chocolate. Taste starts off with chocolate notes that is quickly replaced by a really nice bold coffee flavor - coffee is very rich and well accented. The coffee is mixed in with some dark chocolates and bitter cocoa. Really nice coffee beer. Mouth is creamy and smooth. Overall, really enjoyed this one - one of the better coffee beers I have tried.

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Photo of horshack7
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's such an incredible abyss of darkness of light may not enter nor exit. On top is a light beige head a good two fingers thick.

Aroma: Large amounts of dark roasted coffee in the front. Cocao, semi sweet chocolate, faint vanilla bean, bourbon notes. Twinges of burnt hops and dark roasted malts.

Taste: Very dark roasted coffee, silky smooth mouthfeel like melted dark chocolate. Burnt hop, chocolate notes all through it. Cocao, vanilla, with a solid malt backbone.

Notes: Very tasty a very drinkable American stout begining to end. Cheers.

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Photo of Bung
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle. Dark dark brown pour, miniscule light tan head.

Aroma, coffee, roast malt, light anise and cocoa.

Taste, coffee, near burnt malt, dark chocolate. Anise, light pine peaks through at the end.

Light side of mid bodied. Just a tad watery, but the carbonation is light so it is not prickly. Drinks pretty easy.
A bit one dimensional, but it is advertised as such. Worth trying, a pretty sessionable coffee stout.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Luna Coffee Stout
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

LOOK: Pours a dark brown, with a creamy tan foam.

SMELL: Roasted malt and coffee aromas, very strong smelling.

TASTE: Premium coffee flavors like mocha, char, smoke, roasted malts, and mild vanilla. Abrasively bitter yet remarkably smooth. Very tasty and drinkable.

MOUTHFEEL: Ridiculously smooth and creamy.

OVERALL: Impressive stout, strong coffee notes, and I can dig it.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May have poured it too cold, because I dont really get any bubbles or head. hm. Body is pitch black.

Kind of smells like Wake n Bake or FBS. Nice coffee presence with a bit of bitter chocolate floating around in the background.

Oh bitter. oh so freaking bitter. Upfront with espresso beans and 100% Dark bakers chocolate. The base beer is a bit weak, All i get are the coffee and chocolate. Too bitter and unbalanced.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is rich black with brown hints. It has a bubbly head with some lacing.

Nose is rich coffee with sweet malt and toffee.

Taste is plenty of smoke. Coffee tastes burnt. Malt is roasted and tasty; not very sweet at all.

Mouthfeel feels a bit flat: lacking in carbonation but still refreshing.

Overall, it is an alright coffee stout.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
2.38/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe I got a bad bottle but this beer was disappointing. I was expecting a nice frothy stout but got a metallic taste instead. Jet black pour with a medium tan head. Smell is coffee and roasted malts. Flavor was not there, metallic and old coffee taste.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I woke with some coffee stout in my nonic pint.

Appearance- The head is mocha colored and has a width of about a finger. The foam looks dense, and has a smooth lid. The head stays more or less the same until the first sip, then falls quickly, leaving behind small specks of ring-lace. The body is almost an opaque black, but a few dark brown highlights escape.

Smell- Great espresso and coffee bean aroma is mixed with a slightly acidic, roasted character. It could be more pronounced, defined, but it is still appropriate.

Taste- All espresso and coffee bean on this one, there is a nice wallop of roast and acidity in the finish that lasts for a long while. I will admit, it is a little one note, not really any cream or vanilla to accompany the coffee, but that does not make it a bad coffee stout. I think it works just loading up on the coffee bean flavor and letting it ride.

Mouth feel- This one is a little too thin, which is unfortunate with the high acidity from the roast. It leaves the feel at an almost caustic level. I would not call it hard to drink, or an unwelcome one, but this could be done much better.

Overall- Hinterland has brewed a stout that has coffee, coffee, and then more coffee to spare. I really appreciate this beer for that. However, the nose could be just as big as the palate. After all, one of the best parts of coffee are the aromatics. Lastly, beef up that body so that is not like downing a cold cup o' joe.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black coffee hue with a big frothing tan head forming thick, this beer is pitch black it eats all visible light waves. Head leaves behind even patterned speckled lacing as it dwindles. Aroma dark chocolate, strong espresso dark nearly burnt malts. Black patent malt with some coffee notes. As it warms I get more creamed coffee notes in the nose, than I did initially out of the fridge. Dry roasted malts it's a one note flavor profile with dark nearly burnt old coffee water, the texture is so watery for a stout and the Luna Coffee mentioned on the label is lacking big time hints of dry roasted coffee but nothing like I've tasted in other coffee beers. Mild green fruity character shows up after a few sips even hints of sourdough bread, really a dry roasted malt fest. One pint bottles is pretty nice, a beer out of Green Bay, the Steelers would have won the superbowl if this beer were against any of the dark offerings from East End in the Burgh. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh with astringent dark roasted malts and coffee beans, leaves an unpleasant bitterness on the palate and for a stout this is a dry stout with coffee that is remarkably thin for being a stout. Carbonation is moderate doesn't add or take anything away from the party, this is my second straight coffee beer and I'm wide awake...guess what the coffee infused amber ale I just had sleighed this big brusing pitch black coffee stout from the North.

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Luna Coffee Stout from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.